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How to creating a search statement using the Information Search Planner Template
Based on the terms/phrases from your concept map identify the key ideas.
Then come up with alternative search terms (synonyms) to broaden your search.
Use the Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT) to link your terms.
OR (use to combine synonyms - widens search) Example: corridors OR pathways
AND (use to combine concepts - narrows search) Example: corridors AND frogs AND Austral*
NOT (narrows search) Example: pathways NOT gardens
Use Truncation when searching for variations of a word e.g. Austral* = Australia, Australia’s, Australian, Australasia etc.
Use a Wildcard when unsure of spelling or to widen your search e.g. organi?e (organise; organize); wom?n (woman; women).
Use Phrase searching when looking for two or more words together e.g. “wildlife corridors”.
Use the search template to help you construct an effective search.
Once you have defined a search statement you are ready to start searching. One of the best places to search is in the Library Search. The Library Search is a great starting point to search for articles and books. For more information see Using the Library search (formerly known as Quick Find).
The video below shows you how to do Basic search.
Once you have found information you will need to evaluate it to make sure it is reliable and appropriate for your assignment. Use the CRAAP test to critically evaluate your sources.
The video below has more information.
You might also like to watch this video on critical thinking. This video deals with logic and faulty arguments and will help to develop your understanding of critical thinking.
TechNyou. (2011). Critical Thinking Part 1: a valuable argument [video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSZ3BUru59A